I lived in South Africa until I was 11 when we first immigrated. My mom had sent me back there when I was 14 for summer vacation. I wasn’t doing very well in school, my grades were slipping. I called my mom one day and told her that I wasn’t coming back. I ended up staying there until I was 17 before coming back to North America.
Of course I’m totally biased, but I think my mom is an amazing educator. She continues to work tirelessly for the kids in her classes, year after year – despite the innumerable obstacles she faces. She is a huge inspiration to me.
Playing the ukulele and singing is a fantastic stress reliever. So is cleaning! Scrubbing away at the dirt helps clear my mind as well.
I love to travel. I think it’s the best education to experience how other people live. It reminds us of the abundance and variety we have in the world, but at our essence, we are all the same, we all want the same things: to live well, pursue our dreams, and be happy.
I read that when cats are cuddling and kneading you, and you think it’s cute, they’re really just checking your vitals for weak spots.
Take a leap of faith. You will either land somewhere new or learn to fly.
Celebrate yourself. Follow your passions and eccentricities, because they are yours alone. You are unique! If everyone did that, I’m pretty sure there would be world peace.
However you learn and whatever your circumstances, an education that prepares you for the world is every child’s right.
No matter what is going on around or within you, everything at some point must change. It’s harder to accept when things are great – and a source of strength when change is what you need. Either way, it reminds me to try my best to be fully present in every moment.
Anything is possible – even the most far-fetched idea can come to being through a series of seemingly small decisions and actions.
I could never have dreamed the life I lead. Given where I started, it’s remarkable to me the constant adventure that my life has become.
I find that if I’ve taken care of myself first, I can then be there fully for everyone else.
The quiet of the morning offers a perfect time to do a meditation and yoga practice. It also allows time to be creative or to contemplate before the business of the day.
My mom is my best friend and always offers me great perspective and reminds me to be compassionate to myself in moments when I feel low.
Singing in front of people. It’s like having your heart beat outside of you.
Living here in North America – I have been Americanized. When I go back home now, there are things that I have far less tolerance for in South Africa. We’ve come such a long way in terms of race relations and the economy as well as people’s willingness to move on. There are still a lot of things that are frustrating about being in South Africa.
I’m always preparing for a regular life.
Candice is the original spelling of my name. I changed it to Kandyse when I was really young and first starting out in the business as kind of a joke. I didnt realize it would stick! I did consider changing it, but then it seemed too confusing, so then I asked them to change it back. Not too soon, however!
Id love a werebear. But I guess you need that seductive element of danger. And though bears can be dangerous, when you say werebear it just sounds kind of cuddly. Probably has a rainbow on his belly.
I have to say, as a young woman of color, and this may sound controversial, in sci-fi, anything is possible. In sci-fi I can belong to the military. In sci-fi I can have an interracial love affair; I can be a revolutionary.
Ive always loved the power of stories to transport me to another world, to imagine extraordinary possibilities, to experience things I may not have access to in my regular life – like being a superhero! Also, I would always put on shows for my family and the neighbors; I guess I was an actor before I even knew it.